There are so many things we mothers have to worry about after we give birth. Between healing from the delivery, learning to breastfeed, worrying about making enough milk, caring for older children, trying to find a little time to catch some shut-eye, all while trying our hardest to spend as much time swooning over and snuggling with our sweet new baby, well, we certainly have our hands full. The last thing a new mom needs to worry about is anxiety, depression, lack of energy and all of those other lovely side effects of wacky postpartum hormones. Thankfully there is an amazing solution for the hormonal ups and downs that occur after we give birth and the best part is, it comes from within us!
The placenta serves many functions during pregnancy, it acts as a filter between mom and baby, filtering out toxins and expelling them through mom’s system. It transfers nutrients to the baby and it provides baby with oxygen. If that weren’t enough, the placenta also serves as a gland. It produces it’s own perfect blend of hormones for mom and baby to stay healthy and strong throughout gestation.
So what happens when the pregnancy is over? What becomes of this wonder organ?
When you give birth to your baby, before it detaches, the placenta – in symphony with the rest of your endocrine system – releases a huge burst of powerful hormones into your bloodstream. This cocktail is a combination of specialized hormones that only the placenta creates and are not found anywhere else in nature as well as oxytocin and endorphins that we naturally produce. Throughout your pregnancy you have been receiving a steady stream of these hormones, but now, in one last hurrah, your system is flooded with them. This rush of hormones directly after you give birth serves many purposes. First and foremost, those hormones are why most women will tell you that right after the baby was born all the pain of labor took a backseat to the amazing sense of wonder and awe they felt when they saw their baby. We refer to this as the “birth high”. In addition to aiding in bonding and triggering mom’s protective instinct these hormones also trigger milk production to start as well as helping kickstart the healing process.
So what happens when your body processes these hormones, but the placenta is no longer around to produce more? Well, you crash. This crash that happens, usually about 5-7 days after giving birth, is what we refer to as “baby blues”. It is estimated that 80% of women deal with some kind of baby blues after giving birth. Combining the hormone fluctuation with sleep deprivation and the emotions that go along with being a new mom, it’s no wonder so many women suffer from weepiness and anxiety in the postpartum period. Thankfully there is a way to combat this hormone drop and help the body to gently balance natural hormone levels by reintroducing those hormones that were present during pregnancy.
Though there are several ways to accomplish reintroduction of placental hormones back into mom’s system, placenta encapsulation seems to be the preferred way. By preparing and dehydrating the placenta we are able to grind it into a fine powder and encapsulate the placenta, making it much easier and more palatable than it has ever been. To mom it looks just like she’s taking any other supplement, when in fact she is reintroducing these amazing hormones back into her system to help balance and heal her. Then in the coming weeks mom will gradually reduce the number of capsules taken until she no longer feels like she needs them. The remainder of the capsules are then saved for future times of hormonal imbalance such as menstruation or menopause.
Placenta encapsulation is safe, effective and becoming more and more popular amongst new mothers as more and more success stories circulate. If you would like to learn more about placenta encapsulation or are interested in this service for yourself please contact me.